February 19, 2021

Oh, Texas our Texas......

 

A "snow cowboy".....

Texas, as undoubtedly you have all seen, is having a really bad week.  At least by now they are finally experiencing above freezing temperatures.  I have a lot of family in Texas....my Mom is OK because the assisted living facility has a generator, so they didn't experience loss of power (thank God!), nor did they lose running water.  My two sons (who live in the same house ~ younger one lives in the apartment attached to it, a great arrangement during Covid) never lost power or water either.  My sister wasn't quite so lucky though.  Their pipes froze ~ and possibly their water pump.  They live in the country and have their own well...and have been without water for nearly a week.  They were warm though, since they had plenty of oak firewood and a wood stove in the living room.

Some of the photos and videos we've all seen on tv this past week are so awful.  I can't imagine my house with no power, no way to heat it, and no water.  Did you see the photo of the icicles coming down from the ceiling fan?  I know there were people who went from house to house depending on who had power.  I saw one photo on the morning news showing a tent set up in the living room in an effort to warm it with their own body heat.  Nowhere to go, the roads are icy.  My heart goes out to all of those people.

We were cold for sure, but here in NM, we do sometimes get some very cold weather.  We have water and power.  The only gripe I had was the snow we had every day, and having to drive to work every morning in it.  Yesterday was the worst.  We had snow start in the early morning and the city didn't send out the salt trucks until after nearly all of us had made it in to work.  My Rav4 did ok, I didn't slide around but for a tiny bit and made it in to work safe and sound.  I was a bit ticked off at my employers ~ really they should have given us a two hour delay, because by 10 am it was melting and much safer to drive on.

By Friday ~ today, haha ~ the snow is completely gone from the roads.  Romeo took the dog for a walk, and slipped and fell in the mud.  I asked if he was ok, and he said yeah, the only thing hurt was his dignity, haha.  It's very muddy and slushy, even though we are above freezing, the shady areas are still slick.

I hope all of you affected by the storm are doing better.  Stay warm everyone!  Help your neighbor....

Love, 365

11 comments:

  1. We got dumped on here.
    Enforced stay home for about four days, as it was ice/snow/ice/snow again. It's melting off the streets now, but there are GIANT piles of snow in the parking lots.

    Almost everyone all around lost power. We usually do, too, but this time we did not.
    And thank goodness for wood heat!!

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    1. Oh, it's so pretty to look at! A nightmare to drive in especially if you have to be on the highway. I'm so glad y'all didn't lose power. I am so glad they put a wood stove in when they had their house built!

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  2. I've been watching Texas. Amazing how much snow they got. The icicles on the ceiling fan was on our news. Poor Texans. Surviving without water and power in those temps is unimaginable. Glad to hear your Mum and family are ok.

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    1. They were lucky in light of all the folks who had no power ~ over 325 thousand are still dark. Crazy weather ~ broke all kinds of records for snow and cold.

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  3. Looks like Texas might be in for a new U.S. Senator too.

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  4. Glad to hear that your family is doing OK. We got dumped on last weekend but it is mostly gone now but we also live in Idaho where we are not surprised by winter weather. The stuff that happened in Texas is heartbreaking.

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    1. Now that temperatures have warmed up and thawed out, the blame game has arrived. We are prepared for cold temp's as is Idaho, but this was unprecedented for Texas. I hope that people will do what they need to do to prepare for the next event, which will likely come.

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  5. I saw the picture of the ceiling fan with the ice. That's horrible. I feel so bad for everyone there. Power OR water issues would be bad enough, but dealing with both at once is just awful.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! I think they (Texans) are in the process of fixing things up. Did you see the electricity bills they're now getting? It's highway robbery.

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  6. I'm catching up on your Blog Archived Posts and this is particularly why I was surprised you were making a trip to Texas... but glad most of your Family did okay during the epic Crisis!

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